Advanced FEBOS-CR Exam/ Diploma (Cataract and Refractive Surgery)

EBO ESCRS Examination 2017 – Applications Now Closed

Applications for the 2017 Examination have now closed. Candidtates will be informed whether they are eligible to sit the examination before the end of May. All queries should be sent to

The ESCRS and EBO have worked together to develop this examination for experienced cataract and refractive surgeons to prove their expertise and advanced knowledge of the subspecialty. Successful candidates will earn the post-nominal title of FEBOS-CR (Fellow of the European Board of Ophthalmology Subspecialist in Cataract and Refractive surgery). This is sure to distinguish those surgeons who achieve certification as potential leaders in the field, with superior knowledge and an ability to deal with more challenging cases.

A key aspect of this examination is that it is intended to certify excellence in the cataract and refractive subspecialty. Candidates must be independent surgeons, with strong surgical experience, including a varied case mix that includes a proportion of cases with complicating factors.

The first examinations will take place immediately before the XXXV Congress of the ESCRS in Lisbon, on 6th October 2017.

The examination fee is set to €650 for 2017.

Examination Deadlines

  • 14 December 2016 Process opens
  • 10 March 2017 All materials submitted by candidates
  • 30 May 2017 Confirmation for eligible candidates to sit the examination
  • 30 June 2017 Candidates confirm intent to sit examination, and pay examination fee (€650)
  • 6 October 2017 Date of Examination

Eligibility Criteria

    Please note: the FEBOS-CR is open to cataract and refractive subspecialists from UEMS member countries – ESCRS membership is not required.

  • A minimum of 4 year general ophthalmology training documented by a certificate from the training institution. For the moment the EBOD is not required but will become mandatory from 2020.
  • The candidate must have at least 400 documented cataract surgeries.
  • The candidate will need to demonstrate superior knowledge of cataract and refractive surgery.
  • The candidate’s experience must include at least two years’ post-residency practice within an institution that offers adequate capacity and the appropriate infrastructure for high quality, diverse exposure to cataract and refractive surgical cases and their management. The institution should have a sufficient number patients as well as an area fully equipped with access to current diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical equipment.

Full eligibility criteria and curriculum is available to download here.

Supporting Materials Required by the Candidate

  • A letter from a Director/Head of Department/other senior figure in your Institution that recommends you as a surgeon of advanced experience and expertise. You can download a template here.
  • Two video recordings of surgeries that you have performed. One of a standard cataract surgery and one of your most complex case. These videos should give a good representation of your current skill set, and will be used to form discussion as part of the examination.
  • Video Submission Requirements:
    • Videos should be a maximum of 5 minutes
    • The beginning of the video should briefly outline the patient and case details
    • The video must be the sole work of the candidate, and must state that this is the sole work of the candidate
    • The editing of the video should not alter the core surgical procedure
    • The video title should follow the following format: “CANDIDATE NAME. STANDARAD CASE/COMPLICATED CASE. CASE TYPE”
    • The video must be submitted online. NTSC format will not be accepted.
    • There must be no music, narration, or credits on the video
  • A logbook detailing at least 400 cataract surgeries, including complicated cases. For 2017 and 2018, the logbook you currently use will be accepted (after this, from 2019, candidates will be requested to use the EUREQUO system to detail your surgical cases).
  • Completed CV Template (this lists surgical and teaching experience as well as publications) – click here to download template.

This process will not be considered complete until you have submitted all the information listed above. Failure to submit these documents automatically excludes you from consideration to sit this examination. All materials can be emailed to, or sent by a file transfer service such as Wetransfer or Dropbox. All materials will be acknowledged.

All candidates will be informed of their eligibility to sit the examination no later May 30th 2017.

The Examination Board reserves the right to accept or refuse any applicants based on their eligibility. Their decision is final. Applicants who are found to submit false materials (letter of recommendation, logbook or videos) will be automatically excluded from the process.

Format of the Examination

Please note: this examination will be conducted in English only.

  • The examination will follow the ‘Multiple Choice Question’ and oral structure.
    • 70 multiple choice questions (each question will contain a statement in the ‘stem’, and 5 true/false statements in relation to the statement)
  • 1 hour viva voce with 4 stations (15 mins each):
    • Candidate discusses their own surgical videos (submitted prior to the exam)
    • Candidate discusses a surgical video that they have not previously seen
    • Exhaustive case review (video, images, corneal topography, OCT scans, etc.) in which the candidate must discuss how they would manage a case, given diagnostic information etc.
    • Critical evaluation of the literature, sent prior to the examination

Documents and videos will be reviewed by the Examination Board and successful candidates will be invited to register and pay for the examination.

Downloads & Resources

The Curriculum (.docx download)
The Recommendation Letter template (.docx download)
The CV template (.docx download)
Deadlines and Checklists (.pdf download) (resource link) (resource link)

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